This Week's Seminars and Colloquia

Monday, November 20, 2017 - 11:15 , Location: Skiles 005 , Igor Belykh , Georgia State University , Organizer: Livia Corsi
Several modern footbridges around the world have experienced large lateral vibrations during crowd loading events. The onset of large-amplitude bridge wobbling has generally been attributed to crowd synchrony; although, its role in the initiation of wobbling has been challenged. In this talk, we will discuss (i) the contribution of a single pedestrian into overall, possibly unsynchronized, crowd dynamics, and (ii) detailed, yet analytically tractable, models of crowd phase-locking. The pedestrian models can be used as "crash test dummies" when numerically probing a specific bridge design. This is particularly important because the U.S. code for designing pedestrian bridges does not contain explicit guidelines that account for the collective pedestrian behavior. This talk is based on two recent papers: Belykh et al., Science Advances, 3, e1701512 (2017) and Belykh et al., Chaos, 26, 116314 (2016).
Monday, November 20, 2017 - 14:00 , Location: Skiles 005 , Yat Tin Chow , Mathematics, UCLA , ytchow@math.ucla.edu , Organizer: Prasad Tetali
In this talk, we will introduce a family of stochastic processes on the Wasserstein space, together with their infinitesimal generators.  One of these processes is modeled after Brownian motion and plays a central role in our work.  Its infinitesimal generator defines a partial Laplacian on the space of Borel probability measures, taken as  a partial trace of a Hessian.  We study the eigenfunction of this partial Laplacian and develop a theory of Fourier analysis.  We also consider the heat flow generated by this partial Laplacian on the Wasserstein space, and discuss smoothing effect of this flow for a particular class of initial conditions.  Integration by parts formula, Ito formula and an analogous Feynman-Kac formula will be discussed. We note the use of the infinitesimal generators in the theory of Mean Field Games, and we expect they will play an important role in future studies of viscosity solutions of PDEs in the Wasserstein space.
Monday, November 20, 2017 - 14:05 , Location: Skiles 006 , Kevin Kordek , Georgia Institute of Technology , Organizer: Dan Margalit
It is generally a difficult problem to compute the Betti numbers of a given finite-index subgroup of an infinite group, even if the Betti numbers of the ambient group are known. In this talk, I will describe a procedure for obtaining new lower bounds on the first Betti numbers of certain finite-index subgroups of the braid group. The focus will be on the level 4 braid group, which is the kernel of the mod 4 reduction of the integral Burau representation. This is joint work with Dan Margalit. 
Monday, November 20, 2017 - 15:05 , Location: Skiles 006 , Philipp Jell , Georgia Tech , Organizer: Matt Baker
Real-valued smooth differential forms on Berkovich analytic spaces were introduced by Chambert-Loir and Ducros. They show many fundamental properties analogous to smooth real differential forms on complex manifolds, which are used for example in Arakelov geometry. In particular, these forms define a real valued bigraded cohomology theory for Berkovich analytic space, called tropical Dolbeault cohomology.  I will explain the definition and properties of these forms and their link to tropical geometry. I will then talk about results regarding the tropical Dolbeault cohomology of varietes and in particular curves. In particular, I will look at finite dimensionality and Poincar\'e duality.
Series: PDE Seminar
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 15:00 , Location: Skiles 006 , Luis Vega , University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU , luis.vega@ehu.es , Organizer: Yao Yao
The aim of talk is threefold. First, we solve the cubic nonlinear Schr\"odinger equation on the real line with initial data a sum of Dirac deltas. Secondly, we show a Talbot effect for the same equation. Finally, we prove an intermittency phenomena for a class of singular solutions of the binormal flow, that is used as a model for the vortex filaments dynamics in 3-D fluids and superfluids. If time permits some questions concerning the transfer of energy and momentum will be also considered.
Friday, November 24, 2017 - 14:00 , Location: Skiles 005 , none , Georgia Tech , Organizer: Lutz Warnke
Official School Holiday: Thanksgiving Break